26th Annual ICNA Convention
Cleveland, OH

Muslim Brotherhood

The Islamic Circle of North America established in 1971 is part of the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S.[1] and is composed primarily of Muslim supporters of South Asian descent. It is allied to the radical Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan and Bangladesh.[2] From July 6 to 8, 2001, in Cleveland, Ohio, ICNA held its 26th annual convention under the title "Islam for Peace and Justice: Palestine, Kashmir, and Imam Jamil."[3] As part of a fundraising dinner, ICNA member Munir el-Kassem, from Canada, called on the crowd to $10,000 each towards ICNA because "We need to accumulate enough with actions to deserve to go home safely. And we know what I mean by home, not the home of this duniya (this world), but the home that we all yearn for: the home of al-Akhira (the next world). If you really want to have that you should do jihad with your wealth."[4]

[1] "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America," GX 003-0085, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation, et al., NDTX 04-CR-240.

[2] Joe Kaufman, "ICNA's Overseas Ties and Lies," FrontPageMagazine, July 18, 2007, http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=27407

[3] "Islam for Peace and Justice: Palestine, Kashmir, and Imam Jamil," 26th Annual ICNA Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, July 6-8, 2001.

[4] Ibid.